Author: Kurtis

Assisting – 2010 Olympics

So I signed up about 2 years ago to be up on Cypress Mountain as a Photo Assistant and now my time has come. I had my first shift and it was sweet. I spent a majority of my day on the halfpipe getting it ready for the photographers from Getty, Reuters, Sports Illustrated and other news sources. Here’s a shot of what it ended up looking like in the end.

See those blue fences on either side? That’s my masterpiece myself and a ton of other assistants lugged 54 pieces of fence up either side. After we were all done with that I was able to go up and supervise the halfpipe training where as you can see I got a little up close and personal with a man named Shaun White.

For those of you who don’t know of him he is the top Snowboarder in the world. He’s sponsored by Burton and Redbull. Redbull actually went and built him his own halfpipe in Colorado at a super secret location to practice for the 2010 Olympics.Overall a sweet freaking day.

Kurtis vs Zakk 990 – Round 1

Alright so some of you may have noticed that I changed my blog theme. I wanted to be able to have a higher focus on images rather than this whole type-y thing.

Kurtis Stewart fixing a tire
Testing, Testing 1...2...3...

This is just to see how large of an image I can get away with…and yes I know how to fix car tires. Anyone else got a flat ?

Assisting – Ed White at HSBC

I just had a sweet weekend assisting Ed White . Ed is a great laid back photographer who went to school at the Brooks Institute in California. He shoots primarily with hot lights for his architecture and for a five floor building with various lighting issues, that means a “small” amount of gear. The sweetest bag has to be what we put the lightstands in. It’s designed by http://www.kata-bags.com before they got into photo bags. It was actually designed to carry a rocket launcher for military use. Guess which one it is?

our gear for the weekend
Just a bit of gear...

Ed shoots with a sweet P25 back, hopefully I’ll get my hands on this kind of gear some day in the future. For those that don’t know the back replaces film and kicks out a HUGE file that gives you so much to work with it’s drool-worthy (…think of a sensor the size of your club camera). Here’s a shot of Ed cleaning said back.

So long dust and such !

We spent the whole weekend shooting the new HSBC building out in Burnaby. It’s meant to being going more towards more of an EA feel. Each floor has a color theme and some cool quotes.

HSBC Wallpaper
Each floor has quotes everywhere from different parts of the world

Working architecture is all about the small details but it’s amazing the difference changing the height of a chair, monitor or window blind can do to the shot. The first day was pretty hectic as the clients flew in from Chicago and we had a list of “must shoot” at dusk which involved a bit of dashing around to make the light last. We got it all done and wrapped at around 10:30pm. The next day was a little more chill, well as chill ¬†as moving gear around a 5 story building can be (thank you elevators). All in all a sweet weekend, thanks Ed !